Advice For Our Soon To Be Alums...

It's showcase season!

This is an exciting/crazy/nerve-wrecking time for our second years, but we aim to sooth worried minds.  For the next couple of weeks we will be adding alumni advice to our soon-to-be-alums in this space.  So, keep coming back as we add to our wall of advice. 

"Don't take no for an answer, you have no career to lose..."

- Nick Basta (Class of '03)

 

"Don't compare your career to anyone else's. You'll drive yourself crazy."

- Kaaron Briscoe (Class of '09)

 

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

- Gardiner Comfort (Class of '08)

 

"Do work that makes you happy.  At Ruth Maleczech's (Mabou Mines founder)memorial service recently, I was touched by how everyone there was a hardworking and happy artist who had focused on doing what they loved and building a family.  There was no sense from anyone of one-upping each other, or hustling, or networking.  Everyone had spent a life making good work, and was still around, still doing it."

- Gardiner Comfort (Class of '08)

 

"Don't wait for someone to give it to you. Go get it. Make your own work."

- Dan Domingues (Class of '03)

 

"Know your worth and don't accept less."

- Kaaron Briscoe (Class of '09)

 

"Sure, go ahead and try to make it happe in your first six months out of school.  But then refocus and realize you are building your life's work brick by brick.  Posess patience, persistence, and presence."

- Jane Guyer Fujta (Class of '10)

 

"Find an artistic community that is both artistically fulfilling and able to forward your career in some tangible way."

- Carl Foreman (Class of '09)

 

Cheryl Turski (Class of '07) had a lot of great advice.  She told me to pick one, but I couldn't.  I liked them all...

 

"- If you just want to work, and work a lot, don't ignore the Regional market.  Mid-size cities (Austin, Philadelphia, Detroit, etc.) can offer opportunities with a more reasonable cost of living. 

 

- Make your sustenance job something that grows with you and meets your changing needs as you age.  Bartending is great, but there are no "raises."  Teaching, coaching, graphic design, consulting all provide higher rates with more experience.
- Enthusiastically, tirelessly, reliably, and endlessly support your friends.  Show up to everything...everything...they do.  From a reading of their play, to their birthday party.  And see if you can do it without expecting the support back.
- No one owes you anything.